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The mediocrity of AI

David Crowther (University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK)
Hiba Hamdan (BMRI, University of Bedfordshire Business School, Luton, UK) (Department of Business Information Technology, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 27 February 2024

Issue publication date: 5 April 2024




This paper aims to challenge the fashion of ubiquitous artificial intelligence (AI) and the effects which it will have upon society. In doing so it argues that the effects of AI will be minimal but important.


This argument is based upon the Socratic method and explores the Utilitarian background in which AI is based while drawing upon classical literature and other examples to illustrate the argument.


The findings are encompassed in the argument and show that we need to be more open and careful when considering AI and its effects. We also need to be more realistic when considering potential benefits.

Practical implications

This argument has significant implications for the adoption of AI.

Social implications

The social implications are equally profound and will impact upon our application of AI solutions to current problems and upon humanity more generally.


This is the first paper which relates AI to human successes.



Crowther, D. and Hamdan, H. (2024), "The mediocrity of AI", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 113-122.



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